Irish Grand National Odds
Siding with the younger horses could be one of the most useful strategies for finding a winner from the Irish Grand National odds. Despite generally being much more inexperienced over the bigger obstacles, horses aged between six and eight have dominated the most recent renewals at Fairyhouse. It was back in 2005 when a horse aged over eight triumphed, when Numbersixvalverde landed the spoils. Meanwhile, only one ten-year-old has won the Irish Grand National since 1998.
Low weight almost essential in the Irish Grand National odds
Given that the Irish Grand National is one of the longest races on the National Hunt calendar at 4m, carrying a low weight could prove a major advantage. Not since 2000 has a horse carried in excess of 11st to victory, while all of the last eight winners have carried 10st8lb or less, including last year’s winner Organisedconfusion. History suggests that each-way punters should also ignore horses weighted at more than 11st in the Irish Grand National odds.
Back French horses if they feature in the Irish Grand National odds
Irish horses have witnessed much success in the most recent runnings of the Irish Grand National. Nine of the last 11 winners have come from Ireland, although this trend should be taken with a pinch of salt as the country has been responsible for the majority of the runners. French horses rarely run in the Irish Grand National, but they often perform well on the rare occasions they do and should be the focus of at least an each-way bet.
Another thing for each-way punters to look out for are horses trained by Michael Hourigan as he has a fine record of seeing horses finish in the top four at Fairyhouse in recent seasons.